Facilitating the Implementation of Standardized Care Plans in Municipal Healthcare

Elisabeth Ostensen, Nicholas Hardiker, Ragnhild Helleso

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Abstract

Standardized care plans have the potential to enhance the quality of nursing records in terms of content and completeness, thereby better supporting workflow, easing the documentation process, facilitating continuity of care, and permitting systematic data gathering to build evidence from practice. Despite these potential benefits, there may be challenges associated with the successful adoption and use of standardized care plans in municipal healthcare information practices. Using a participatory approach, two workshops were conducted with nurses and nursing leaders (n=11) in two Norwegian municipalities, with the objective of identifying success criteria for the adoption and integration of standardized care plans into practice. Three themes were found to describe the identified success criteria: 1) “Facilitating system level support for nurses’ workflow”, 2) “Engaged individuals creating a culture for using standardized care plans”, and 3) “Developing system level safety nets.” The findings suggest success criteria that could be useful to address to facilitate the integration of standardized care plans in municipal healthcare information practice and provide useful knowledge for those working with implementation and further development of standardized care plans.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCIN - Computers Informatics Nursing
Early online date2 Aug 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Aug 2021

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